Aaron Schmidt of walking paper dreams about the possibilities if library OPACs (Online Public Access Catalogues) moving into the social networking realm. He cites the example of a Flickr group called NAME THAT FILM, where members post screenshots of movies and other members would try to guess what film it comes from by tagging that photo. He feels that if OPACs become social, then it would interesting to see what sort of games our readers might come up with similar to the Flickr one. I’m curious as to what readers would tag the books that they have read if tagging is possible. Currently, there are already some libraries that have OPACs that have a social networking element. And I’m sure there’ll be many more in the next couple of years when libraries become more Library 2.0.
Since we’re on the topic of tagging, Michael Stephens of Tame The Web suggests that making librarians tag physical objects as a way of teaching them about the concept of tagging. Then, hopefully, they will be able to tag electronic materials much better.